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Early 2000's Devilles and Town Cars

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by PBCounty, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. PBCounty

    PBCounty

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    Hi there,

    I'm a pick-up truck guy who needs to up the image some as I (along with my vehicle) am increasingly exposed to my clients (wealthy country club types). Getting out of a dust covered 4X4 in a suit is starting to feel kinda funny.

    Thankfully, my area is rife with decent looking (but higher mileage) Cadillacs and Lincolns which I can pick up as a 2nd vehicle for 3K-5K. Is there anything to look out for in the 2000 - 2003 range of the Devilles or Town Cars? I like the RWD drive of the Lincoln but feel the Cadillac has more image factor (yes that is important to me in front of clients).

    Any other suggestions?
     
  2. Ghost Tracker

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    How much can you impress clients with a 10 year old car? Better to go backwards and find a clean, straight, early-70's Caddy or Lincoln. They then wonder if you've got a light checkbook or...TONS of STYLE! Watch the obituaries for a West Palm cream puff.
     

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    You've got a point...but these aren't car people typically and wouldn't be sitting in it or doing a walk around. I doubt they'd know how old the car was. Now, they're just seeing "redneck" (I've gotten enough half-way joking comments).
     
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    I'm surprised, pickups are the new daily drivers. Pulling up straight from the mud bog?


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  5. Ewalk

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    Put a Caddy hood ornament on your truck and tell them it is all the rage in Europe!

    J/K maybe just keep your truck clean, or is it so hill Billy'd that it can't look civilized?
     
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    First double tap in 2000+ posts.
     
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    It's a stock truck and in good shape but living on dirt roads and seeing family / friends on a daily basis who also live on dirt...not to mention the dust from passing traffic while it sits in the driveway, etc. means it's hard to keep that monkey clean for a couple days at a time.

    ETA: At least with a "branded" car I can keep it clean with a duster and minimal driving except for on day when I am doing visits and what not.
     
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    If I'm going Lincoln I'd go Town Car....the Continental just doesn't seem right to me. But there are many options in the year 2000+ range for that price.
     
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    Continentals are Taurus or Sables underpinnings with Lincoln plush. Stick with the Town Car.
     
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    Understood. My only point was that you should hold out for a cream puff so as to minimize the bucks you have to put into it fixing all the crap that dies ~75-100K miles.
     
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    iv spent a lot of time in a 01 towncar. like it. 100,000 miles and no problems. well except the climate controll wont work on auto when its hot outside but just flip it to manual and it works fine, dont know if thats a common problem or not. gets about 24 mpg in the real world and they look the same as the new ones so everyone else wont even know how old it is.
     
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    Or even earlier if you can do it. Then, instead of being cheap, you're a connoseur of classic automobiles.
     
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    Vart I'd like for you to stay away from my vehicle threads please. If I recall correctly you're the Eddie Mush of automobiles.
     
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  17. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Just get a 'My Other Car is a Bentley' license plate frame.
    Better yet, have a 'My Other Car is a G550' license plate frame and if anyone asks what a G550 is, just give them a haughty look and mutter, "Peasant."
     
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    I would like to pick up the classic black Lincoln Town Car myself. The kind that is used for picking up people from the airport and taking them to their hotel. The kind where you say 'send me a Town Car'.


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    I'd hit up autotrader classic and see what kind of old Jaguar I could find in my budget. It might even apprecite on you.
    nothing says badass like a v12.

    http://www.autotraderclassics.com/classic-car/1985-Jaguar-XJS-566764.xhtml?conversationId=224702

    As far as cadillacs - I just checked, but there are some old sedan devilles that are better looking than a town car.

    If it is that important to your business, I'd consider it an investment and put just a little more in it. Otherwise, spend it on making your truck look presentable.

    You could trade your truck plus the cash and get an avalanche or some other country club mobile but still do what you need it to.
     
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    On the early 2000 Deville's Northstar engine the head gasket was known to be a problem area (my mom bought one with low miles --in the 30K range, last year, and now that it is up to 60K or so, is leaking oil). I've also heard that sensors and ball joints are problematic.